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Expedition 53 backup crewmembers pose during their final fit check dress rehearsal.

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In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 52-53 backup crewmembers Mark Vande Hei of NASA (left), Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA, right) pose for pictures in front of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft July 24 during their final fit check dress rehearsal. They are serving as the backups to Randy Bresnik of NASA, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, who will launch July 28 aboard the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. Credit: Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

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